Get [An] InYo Cabin - Eastern Sierras, CA
Inyo National Forest has over two million acres of heavily forest terrain and is home to the highest mountain in the continental United States, Mt. Whitney. In addition it is home to Mono Lake, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, and the Mammoth Lakes Basin. It's about a 3-4 hour drive from Los Angeles, California and is a must see when traveling through the Eastern Sierras.
On this trip, we found refuge in a self-sustainable cabin outside the city of Big Pine. The cabin was surrounded by Sequoias and came complete with a babbling brook right off our cabin's deck. In addition there was a hammock and the most amazing swing which swooped between two Sequoia Trees and glided high above the river. It truly tickled my inner child.
The weekend came complete with late night Yahtzee, star gazing, and old-fashions by the campfire. Sunday we hiked part of Big Pine Creek South Fork Trail, but due to poor little Finny baby (our dog), had to retreat back to the cabin after a few miles. I didn't mind of course, because that meant more time to swing.
On our way back to Los Angeles, we stopped at Mt. Whitney Portal, 13 miles outside the city of Lone Pine, to set our eyes on the highest peak in the continental US. The entire area was packed with mountaineers setting out on the 10.5 mile hike to the Mt. Whitney summit. The surrounding area was heavily wooded and mounted with granite walls. We ate snacks next to a waterfall. It was delightful.
If you plan on visiting Big Pine, hike around the Glacier Lakes on the Big Pine Creek North Fork Trail. It's 12.7 miles round trip and takes about 8 hours. Check out: http://alltrails.com/trail/us/california/north-fork-big-pine-creek for more information.